Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Occupying forces fueling sectarian conflicts in Iraq

The occupying forces are trying to ignite sectarian and ethnic conflicts in order to dismember the country into mini-states, said an Iranian daily on Tuesday.
Commenting on the terrorist bombings of the holy shrines of two Shiite Imams in the Iraqi city of Samarra last Wednesday, 'Tehran Times' said the sacrilege was a result of an "unholy alliance" by the US, the Zionist regime of Israel and the terrorists operating in Iraq.
The editorial argued that the alliance planned the bombing of the holy shrines "in order to justify the continued presence of occupying forces in the country." The daily added that the US has changed its approach in Iraq and is now trying to create sectarian and ethnic strife in the country as soon as it realized that the democratic process in the war-torn country had not turned out as what they had planned and it had not benefited the US interests.
Referring to the recent comments of the US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Iraq, the daily said his remarks and the fact that he was claiming a veto right over cabinet appointments indicated that "the United States seeks to prevent the formation of a national government in Iraq by creating chaos in the country." Khalilzad recently said that the Iraqi interior, defense, oil, and security affairs ministers must be approved by the U.S. and no one opposed to U.S. policy should be allowed to become a minister in the cabinet of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.
"Of course, the Iraqi people, and particularly the religious authorities, are monitoring the suspicious activities of the occupying forces, and they will not allow religious differences to cause the country to break apart," the article stressed.
It anticipated that after the formation of a national government, "the entire Iraqi nation will call for the withdrawal of the occupying forces, and then there will be no option left for the foreign troops besides withdrawing from Iraqi territory."